Dinesh Chandimal and Ishant Sharma exchange words during an altercation on the field on the fourth day of the third Test at the SSC.

By Sa’adi Thawfeeq
Sri Lanka facing a daunting task of scoring 386 for victory over India had their backs to the wall to avoid defeat after losing three wickets for 67 runs by the end of the fourth day of the third and final Test at the SSC grounds.

They still require 319 runs with seven wickets in hand going into the final day tomorrow with the three-match series level at one-all.

Sri Lankan batsmen’s weakness against the seaming ball was once again exposed by India’s three-man seam attack that had destroyed their top order in the first innings reducing them to 47-6.

Once again it was a fired up Ishant Sharma who did the damage removing Upul Tharanga for a duck and Dinesh Chandimal for 18 both edging catches behind. Sharma had taken five for 54 in the first innings.

Dimuth Karunaratne also went the same way to Umesh Yadav without scoring and Sri Lanka plunged to 21-3.

Kaushal Silva (24) and Angelo Mathews (22) survived the remaining 53 minutes without any further loss before bad light ended play with ten overs remaining for the day.

India’s last two wickets added a further 40 runs before they were all out for 274, leaving Sri Lanka with 29 overs to survive for the day in the final session.

Ravichandran Ashwin did the major part of the scoring completing his fifth half-century in Test cricket before being last out for 58 scored off 87 balls with seven fours. He provided Dhammika Prasad with his fourth wicket of the innings and a career best eight for the match (8/169).

Nuwan Pradeep took the other wicket to fall in the session having Yadav caught off a pull on the long leg boundary by Rangana Herath for four to end with figures of four for 62, his best effort in an innings.

The session was marred by Prasad and Sharma having a spat at each other with Prasad continuously bowling short-pitched deliveries at him. It was a Sharma short ball that hit Prasad on the hand when he was batting in the first innings and the Lankan quick was trying to have one back on Sharma. Chandimal also got into the fray by making physical contact with Sharma on the field which led to the umpires having to call up captain Angelo Mathews to calm things down. The incident is certainly not going to go unnoticed by the match referee. Sharma got into trouble in the second Test at the P Sara Oval being fined 65 percent of his match fee for giving send-offs to Lahiru Thirimanne and Chandimal.


India 1st innings
KL Rahulb Prasad2200100.00
CA Pujaranot out 13527713048.73
AM Rahanelbw b Pradeep8132061.53
V Kohli*c †Perera b Mathews18603030.00
RG Sharmac Tharanga b Prasad26653140.00
STR Binnylbw b Prasad 01000.00
NV Ojha†c Tharanga b Kaushal21543038.88
R Ashwinc †Perera b Prasad5141035.71
A Mishrast †Perera b Herath59877067.81
I Sharmab Herath690 166.66
UT Yadavb Herath4140028.57
Extras(lb 2, w 3, nb 6, pen 5) 18
Total(lb 2, w 4, nb 7, pen 5)312
(3.11 runs per over)

Fall of wickets : 1-2 (Rahul, 0.2 ov), 2-14 (Rahane, 3.4 ov), 3-64 (Kohli, 23.3 ov), 4-119 (RG Sharma, 45.5 ov), 5-119 (Binny, 45.6 ov), 6-173 (Ojha, 60.6 ov), 7-180 (Ashwin, 65.1 ov), 8-284 (Mishra, 92.2 ov), 9-298 (I Sharma, 96.6 ov), 10-312 (Yadav, 100.1 ov)

KTGD Prasad26410043.84115130(4nb, 1w)
N Pradeep2265212.36 109 70
AD Mathews1362411.846630
HMRKB Herath27.1 38433.0910881
PHT Kaushal1224513.75 4630(3nb)

Sri Lanka 1st innings
WU Tharangac Rahul b I Sharma4231017.39
JK Silvab Yadav31113027.27
FDM Karunaratnec Rahul b Binny11370029.72
LD Chandimallbw b Binny23275085.18
AD Mathews*c †Ojha b I Sharma190011.11
HDRL Thirimannec Rahul b I Sharma07000.00
MDKJ Perera†c Kohli b I Sharma55569098.21
KTGD Prasadst †Ojha b Mishra272340117.39
HMRKB Herathc †Ojha b I Sharma49848058.33
PHT Kaushallbw b Mishra16393041.02
N Pradeepnot out250040.00
Extras(lb 1, w 2, nb 7)9
Total(10 wickets; 52.2 overs)201
(3.84 runs per over)

Fall of wickets : 1-11 (Tharanga, 4.5 ov), 2-11 (Silva, 5.2 ov), 3-40 (Chandimal, 11.5 ov), 4-45 (Mathews, 16.1 ov), 5-47 (Karunaratne, 17.6 ov), 6-47 (Thirimanne, 18.2 ov), 6-48* (Prasad, retired not out, 18.3 ov), 7-127 (Perera, 33.4 ov), 8-156 (Kaushal, 44.4 ov), 9-183 (Herath, 49.5 ov), 10-201 (Prasad, 52.2 ov)

I Sharma1525453.60 6870(6nb, 1w)
UT Yadav1326414.925190
STR Binny932422.664540(1w)
R Ashwin813304.12 3660
A Mishral7.212523.403440

India 2nd innings
CA Pujarab Prasad02000.00
KL Rahulb Pradeep280025.00
AM Rahanelbw b Pradeep4171023.52
V Kohli*c Tharanga b Pradeep21632033.33
RG Sharmac Pradeep b Prasad50724169.44
STR Binnyc Tharanga b Prasad49627079.03
NV Ojha†c Karunaratne b Herath3563 4055.55
A Mishrarun out (Silva)39624062.90
R Ashwinc †Perera b Prasad58877066.66
UT Yadavc Herath b Pradeep4190021.05
I Sharmanot out260 033.33
Extras(b 1, lb 1, w 3, nb 5) 10
Total(all out; 76 overs)274
(3.60 runs per over)

Fall of wickets : 1-0 (Pujara, 0.2 ov), 2-2 (Rahul, 3.2 ov), 3-7 (Rahane, 5.2 ov), 4-64 (Kohli, 22.2 ov), 5-118 (RG Sharma, 32.5 ov), 6-160 (Binny, 44.2 ov), 7-179 (Ojha, 51.3 ov), 8-234 (Mishra, 67.2 ov), 9-269 (Yadav, 74.6 ov), 10-274 (Ashwin, 75.6 ov)

KTGD Prasad1936943.63 8280(4nb, 2w)
N Pradeep326243.64 7190
HMRKB Herath108914.04 7861
AD Mathews631101.83 3220
PHT Kaushal1224103.414940(1nb)

Sri Lanka 2nd innings
(target: 386 runs)RB4s6sSR
WU Tharangac †Ojha b I Sharma07000.00
JK Silvanot out24424057.14
FDM Karunaratnec †Ojha b Yadav07000.00
LD Chandimalc Kohli b I Sharma181730105.88
AD Mathews*not out22374059.45
Extras(lb 2, nb 1)3
Total(3 wickets; 18.1 overs)67
(3.68 runs per over)

Fall of wickets : 1-1 (Tharanga, 0.6 ov), 2-2 (Karunaratne, 3.2 ov), 3-21 (Chandimal, 6.6 ov)

To bat : HDRL Thirimanne, MDKJ Perera†, KTGD Prasad, HMRKB Herath, PHT Kaushal, N Pradeep

I Sharma721422.00 3410(1nb)
UT Yadav513216.401970
STR Binny411303.25 19200
A Mishral20201.001000
R Ashwin0.104024.00010